Iain McGilchrist – The Matter With Things Part 1

Our guest suggests that in order to understand ourselves and the world we need science and intuition, reason and imagination, not just one or two; that they are in any case far from being in conflict; and that the brain’s right hemisphere plays the most important part in each. And he shows us how to recognise the ‘signature’ of the left hemisphere in our thinking, so as to avoid making decisions that bring disaster in their wake. Following the paths of cutting-edge neurology, philosophy and physics, he reveals how each leads us to a similar vision of the world, one that is both profound and beautiful – and happens to be in line with the deepest traditions of human wisdom. It is a vision that returns the world to life, and us to a better way of living in it: one we must embrace if we are to survive. It is a pleasure to welcome the author of “The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World” Iain McGilchrist

Frank Barrett

Yes to the Mess Part 2: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz with Frank Barrett

The premise of today’s book is that nurturing spontaneity, creativity , experimentation, and dynamic synchronization is no longer an optional approach to leadership. It’s the only approach. The current velocity of change demands nothing less. It demands paying attention to the mental models, the cultural beliefs and values, the practices and structures that support improvisation.

We welcome back the author of: “Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz”, Frank Barrett.

Bobby Duffy

The Perils of Perception with Bobby Duffy

One in ten French people still believe the earth may be flat; 

One-quarter of Australians think that cavemen and dinosaurs existed at the same time; 

One in nine Brits think the 9/11 attacks were a US government conspiracy; 

15 per cent of Americans  believe that the media or government adds secret mind-controlling signals to television transmissions. 

Our main interest is not niche stupidity or minority belief in conspiracies, but much more general and widespread misperceptions about individual, social and political realities.

Do you eat too much sugar? 

Is violence in the world increasing or decreasing? 

What proportion of your country are Muslim? 

What does it cost to raise a child? 

How much do we need to save for retirement? 

How much tax do the rich pay? 

 

When we estimate the answers to these fundamental questions that directly affect our lives, we tend to be vastly wrong, irrespective of how educated we are. 

Today’s book – informed by over ten exclusive major polling studies by IPSOS across 40 countries – asks why in the age of the internet, where information should be more accessible than ever, we remain so poorly informed. 

It is a pleasure to welcome the author of The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything, Bobby Duffy, welcome to the show.

Jim Detert

LIVE: Choosing Courage LIVE with Jim Detert

In his book, Choosing Courage, Jim Detert explains that courage isn’t a character trait that only a few possess; it’s a virtue developed through practice.

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